By Sarah Klein
Individuals suffering from a mental health crisis will have a dedicated centre to receive care in Winnipeg.
The Mental Health Crisis Response Centre (CRC) will open June 3 at the Health Sciences Centre and will ease the burden put on the city’s emergency rooms, which deal with more than 10,000 mental health-related crisises each year.
“Individuals in Winnipeg with a mental health crisis no longer have to go to an emergency room for care as we open Canada’s first dedicated facility for mental health crises and emergencies,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “Highly skilled mental health professionals will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for those who need them.”
The first-of-its-kind- in Canada, the $12.3 million bilingual facility will staff more than 35 mental health professionals who will work to provide services such as integrated mental health assessment, crisis intervention and mental health crisis treatment. They will also connect patients to key resources for appropriate followup care as needed.
The new 27,370-square-foot centre is located on the corner of Bannatyne Avenue and Tecumseh Street.